Offensive Rebounding

In the first place, rebounding requires the players to be in a position where they can actually compete to get the ball. This is instinctive for some players but others, particularly on offence, may not move to a position where they may get the ball. One way that coaches can emphasise this is to award points to players in training activities based upon whether they moved to a rebounding position, not just to the one player that got the rebound.

Secondly, it is important to teach players to anticipate a rebounding situation. Many young players do not get to a rebounding position because they do not anticipate when the shot is to be taken – this is particularly an issue for offensive players. It is important that young players learn to anticipate their teammates’ shots and equally, they must learn that the presence of rebounders is an important aspect in determining whether or not a shot is a good option at that time.

Often in training, coaches will do activities that focus on a particular aspect of the game (e.g. screening and shooting) and the activity then finishes once that is complete (e.g. the shot has been taken). However, to emphasise offensive rebounding, coaches can allow activities to continue until a basket is made or defence controls the ball.

Similarly, offensive rebounding can be added when practicing other offensive moves. The offensive move should not end with the shot but should also end with a score, with players taking offensive rebounding positions.

Coaches should prepare a strategy for both offensive and defensive rebounding.. This includes explaining to players what their responsibilities are and the “pathways” that they may use to contest the rebound. This way, players will consider rebounding as part of the offence or defence and this will also help develop their anticipation of the shot.

This is an example of a play that a coach may use to get a shot. It finishes when the shot is taken.

In this diagram, the same play is shown, however the coach has also shown offensive rebounding responsibilities. This will help to foster a rebounding “attitude” amongst the team.